A Shorter Working Day by Sir Robert Abbott HadfieldA Shorter Working Day by Sir Robert Abbott Hadfield

A Shorter Working Day

bySir Robert Abbott Hadfield

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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1892. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. HISTORY OF THE MOVEMENT IN ENGLAND. H. De B. G. Early Times--Thorokl Rogers' Statements--Thomas More--The Beginning of the Nineteenth Century--The Factory Acts--The Trades Unions Agitation--Growth of the Movement--The New Unionism--The Dundee Congress--The Liverpool and Newcastle Congresses--The May-Day Demonstrations--The Deputation to Lord Salisbury--Mr. Gladstone and the Movement. Appendix: The Interview with Mr. Gladstone. § i. Early Times. The movement for a shorter working day is after all no new thing, but rather a recurrence to a state of things which prevailed in earlier centuries. If we are to accept the statements of Professor Thorold Rogers, the artisan and labourer of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries only worked eight hours per day as a rule, and were paid for overtime. As Professor Rogers' statement has been severely criticized by other economists, it may be well perhaps to give it in his actual words.1 "The winter's wages are about 25 per cent, less than those of other seasons, but the winter seems to have been limited to the months of December and January. This fact, which I have frequently noticed, is proof that the hours of labour were not long. They seem 1 Six Centuries of Work and Wages, pp. ibio, 542. to have been not more than eight hours per day, and at a later period in the history of labour the eight hours day seems to be indicated by the fact that extra hours are paid for at such a rate as corresponds to the ordinary pay per hour for eight hours, being a little in excess. Hence the artisan, if he were minded to do so, would have time during summer for some agricultural employment; it would seem that this occupation for spare time was not unusual, for I have found employers of artisans occasionally purchasing...
Title:A Shorter Working DayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217151795

ISBN - 13:9780217151795